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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke to a crowd of supporters gathered at the Bismarck Depot during a stop in May.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday offered legislation that would prevent the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from giving an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline until the agency has completed an environmental impact statement.

The amendment was offered for Senate Bill 2848, also known as the Water Resources Development Act of 2016, which deals with Corps of Engineers projects. The Sanders amendment to the bill is short and to the point:

“The Secretary shall not grant an easement for the Lake Oahe crossing for the Dakota Access Pipeline until the date on which an environmental impact statement with respect to the easement is completed.”

According to Sanders’ office, no action has been scheduled yet on the amendment. The Water Resources Development Act will be on the floor of the Senate next week.

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Sanders in August announced his opposition to Dakota Access Pipeline.

“Like the Keystone XL pipeline, which I opposed since day one, the Dakota Access fracked oil pipeline, will transport some of the dirtiest fuel on the planet. Regardless of the court’s decision, the Dakota Access pipeline must be stopped,” he said in a statement. “As a nation, our job is to break our addiction to fossil fuels, not increase our dependence on oil. I join with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the many tribal nations fighting this dangerous pipeline.”

Sanders on Tuesday plans to speak at a rally in front of the White House to call on President Barack Obama to instruct the corps to revoke permits for the pipeline. Other speakers on the schedule include Tara Houska with Honor the Earth, North Dakota Congressional candidate and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe member Chase Iron Eyes and others.

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Reach Jenny Schlecht at 701-595-0425 or jenny.schlecht@bismarcktribune.com.

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